Perhaps there really is a thin line between love and hate? With new head coach Nate Bjorkgren working closely with team management to assemble a staff of multi-taskers, ESPN’s Tim Bontempts reports that long-time Pacers defensive coordinator Dan Burke is headed further East to join the Philadelphia 76ers, also known as the team he once said he hated.
Victor Oladipo would be happy to sign a contract extension with the Indiana Pacers if they could agree to terms, but a source says joining the Miami Heat would be No. on his list should he leave as a free agent in 2021. The level of interest from the Heat depends on how Oladipo returns from his injury and also the team's ability to sign a superstar free agent such as Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Looking at Desmond Bane - a 6’5”, 220 pound senior combo guard with elite shooting splits (49.5/43.3/80.4 over his college career) - it’s hard not to compare him to someone like Malcolm Brogdon. The consensus with Brogdon was that because he lacked elite athleticism and ball handling ability, he would struggle to make the transition to the NBA game. Enter Desmond Bane in the 2020 draft.